Three weeks into my internship and I feel like I have learned more than one term in college could ever teach me. I am involved in public affairs. This means I must be up to date on political and social affairs, mostly on the city and county level.
I work for a city government, or municipal government. In three short weeks I have honed my skills in writing news releases, media hotsheets, speeches and using Excel.
Believe it or not, you do need math skills. I know many of us have chosen a career where we believe math isn’t mentioned. However, I just completed a project with my fellow intern where I used Excel. We were asked to create a formula for the Excel sheet and create two graphs. I’m no fan of numbers myself. By forcing myself to confront my worst enemy—math—I found my confidence.
At my internship, I have also been writing down tips or things I think are important. These tips include lessons learned on the job or important tips my mentor has given me. For example, my mentor has explained how to handle certain media, why public relations is key to a successful and transparent government, and life lessons in general. I have been writing these tips and lessons down in the spiral notebook I was given on my first day.
The most valuable tool I have come away with from my internship so far is confidence. Even when I might not be thrilled to be working on math, I gained confidence after how impressed my boss and colleagues were with my work.
Never doubt your abilities and don’t deny yourself the chance to grow in an area you may not be the best in.